hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Definition of hungry

1a : feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food : feeling hunger
b : characterized by or characteristic of hunger or appetite a wolf with hungry eyes
2a : eager, avid hungry for affection
b : strongly motivated (as by ambition) hungry investors a power-hungry politician
3 : not rich or fertile : barren a hungry soil

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ ˈhəŋ-​grə-​lē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ adverb
hungriness \ ˈhəŋ-​grē-​nəs How to pronounce hungry (audio) \ noun

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Examples of hungry in a Sentence

There are millions of hungry people throughout the world. That girl is always hungry. The prisoners' families were hungry for more information. They were hungry to learn more.
Recent Examples on the Web The hungry animals will also go to great lengths to score a meal. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 How about investigating the FDA and letting people who are able to make baby formula feed hungry newborns? James Freeman, WSJ, 13 May 2022 This chain eatery has been growing in popularity in the Atlanta area, and there is one within driving distance of hungry Northside Hospital nurses. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 12 May 2022 This turned with the pandemic there were 100 million more people going hungry to bed at the end of 2020 than before the pandemic and that's before the war and food is also energy. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 12 May 2022 As for the engine soundtrack, the custom twin-pipe exhaust totally transforms it into a searing metallic snarl that gets under your skin like a hungry mosquito. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 11 May 2022 The last stronghold of Ukrainian resistance in this area, at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, has been whittled to a few hundred hungry troops now confined mostly to bunkers. New York Times, 10 May 2022 But for investors hungry for relief from the latest market selloff, rock bottom couldn’t come soon enough. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Every pupusa is prepared to order, by hand, a devotion to the craft that sometimes, in return, demands patience at the table, especially when the restaurant fills with other hungry diners. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hungry

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hungry

Middle English, from Old English hungrig; akin to Old English hungor

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16 May 2022

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hun·​gry | \ ˈhəŋ-grē How to pronounce hungry (audio) \
hungrier; hungriest

Kids Definition of hungry

1 : feeling or showing hunger
2 : having a strong desire She was hungry for power.

Other Words from hungry

hungrily \ -​grə-​lē \ adverb

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